Nigeria First Lady Aisha Buhari has warned the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari that she may not support him at the next elections unless he takes full charge of his government, reports BBC.
In a candid interview with BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja, Mrs Buhari said her husband “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed.
She suggested the government had been hijacked, saying a “few people” were behind presidential appointments, reports the BBC.
Mrs Buhari’s sincere display of dissatisfaction with the President’s style of leadership is likely to take many by shock.
“The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” she said.
She accuses her husband of not being in full control, leaving appointment and decision-making responsibilities to a “few people” who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she said.
Mrs Buhari revealed that the President is yet to disclose to her if he would vie for a second term in 2019 polls.
“He is yet to tell me but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again,” Mrs Buhari said.
The First Lady, however, noted the areas her husband has brought significant improvement.
“No-one is complaining about being attacked in their own homes. Thankfully everyone can walk around freely, go to places of worship, etc. Even kids in Maiduguri have returned to schools,” Mrs Buhari said, referring to the north-east region of Nigeria where militant Islamist group Boko Haram has waged an insurgency since 2009.
Mr Buhari was elected Nigeria President in March, 2015, with a promise to tackle corruption and nepotism in government. He famously remarked at his inauguration that he “belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody”.